Author: Zac Rogers
The fifth generation of cellular network technology promises much higher performance in terms of data throughput, speed, and lower latency. This will unlock a regime of new digital technologies that have been developing on the sidelines for some time.
“5G” will add real-time telemetry-based data streams to the already embedded surveillance capitalism model, which involves a multi-layered fusion of data streams we already emit in our now digitally saturated lives. 5G brings advanced AI chipsets to the fore, unleashing predictive technologies at the human-computer interface with radical implications for the consumer experience.
It will unlock the world of augmented reality (remember Pokémon Go? – imagine it everywhere). In sum, the data-driven mass-surveillance attention-harvesting virtual capitalism model is about to be turned up to eleven.
Dr Zac Rogers is a lead researcher at the Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security and Governance (JBC).
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